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Why Don’t Some Parishes Kneel?


A listener named Missy asks why some parishes don’t kneel during Mass. She explains that she recently moved to a new town and noticed that none of the parishes she has visited kneel during the Eucharistic prayer, or leading up to Communion. She wonders why this is the case.

Father Dave explains that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal is the basic blueprint of the Church. However, the universality of the Mass doesn’t mean that every Mass looks the same. “It should be noted that the Church doesn’t insist that the celebration of Mass is identical,” he says. “Therefore, it is expected that it is modified in some ways … I don’t know the particular reason why these specific parishes in your town don’t kneel. But it is likely to have been approved by the bishop.”

Father Dave encourages us to worship with our communities and not allow ourselves to become distracted different customs. Original Air 9-04-19